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"Grab Your Towel!"

March 22, 2004

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Today’s Reading: John 5:1-17 & Psalm 123

After that, [Jesus] poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. John 13:5

Why did Our Lord do it? Because He loves us! He washed their feet and then turned around and said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. ... “ (John 13:15). Christ gave us Baptism as the power agent for following His example. The Bible tells us, “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Galatians 3:27). His Spirit moves us to move out and look for feet to wash.

Feet to wash?
· We love visits from the grandparents. But if Grandma can’t to get to the grocery store? What about Grandpa’s difficulty in getting bills paid? What about elderly people who are poor and lonely?
· We love to play with the baby. But what about Mom’s need to have someone baby-sit while she attends a meeting at church? What about abused and neglected children in our community?
· We love a safe, well-kept neighborhood. But who volunteers for the neighborhood watch committee? Who mows the lawn of a sick or vacationing neighbor?
· We love a well-kept church building. But who’s there on Saturday morning to wash windows? Who trims the shrubs out front?
· We love a trained choir with lots of voices. But who comes to those Thursday evening rehearsals?

Want to be blessed? Be a foot washer—as you can see, there are plenty of feet to be washed. Grab your towel!

Prayer
Lord Jesus, make us mindful of those around us who need our help and care so that we may “wash the feet” of others, just as You have washed us in the waters of Holy Baptism. Amen.

Response
Give thanks for “feet” to wash and ask for more opportunities to follow His example.

Today's Bible Readings: Numbers 31-33    Luke 1:39-56

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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